Category: Emergencies

Knee deep in the …

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temporary latrines - Zimbabwe cholera response… mire! Various other phrases jump to mind to describe the work our sanitation emergency response unit (ERU) do when called to a disaster somewhere in the world, but none seems to, er, stick like this one. The British Red Cross keeps on permanent standby several teams ready to apply their technical skills and this particular team of four have the crucial role of ensuring that disease, one of the potential killers following a large natural disaster, is kept under control through the provision of toilet facilities and education messages on personal hygiene practices.

I was outraged recently when one of my Aussie friends joked about the down under perception of Brits struggling to find the right end of the soap bar when it comes to personal hygiene! More

Guest blogging from St. Vincent Youth Camp – Part 3

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Did you know that the British Red Cross has several overseas branches in the Caribbean? As part of the work going on there, the Red Cross is hosting a youth camp for young Red Cross workers in the Caribbean to have an opportunity to interact. The whole idea is to create international friendships, learn from eachother, and work together for the greater good.

Below, are some blog posts sent to me by one of the participants– Jiva Niles of the Anguilla Red Cross. I know this post is quite long, but I hope that it is the most user-friendly way to share his story with you:

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Guest blogging from St. Vincent Youth Camp – Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Did you know that the British Red Cross has several overseas branches in the Caribbean? As part of the work going on there, the Red Cross is hosting a youth camp for young Red Cross workers in the Caribbean to have an opportunity to interact. The whole idea is to create international friendships, learn from eachother, and work together for the greater good.

Below, are some blog posts sent to me by one of the participants– Jiva Niles of the Anguilla Red Cross. I know this post is quite long, but I hope that it is the most user-friendly way to share his story with you:

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Monday Movement update #17

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Here’s your weekly update on what different members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement* are doing.

Pakistan displacement video: This fantastic video shows a ten-year-old girl, Alina, telling the story of the explosion that changed her life. Watch the video here or read Alina’s story on the ICRC’s website.

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‘You’ve got a (flu) friend…’

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I have Swine flu tablet deliverya flu friend.

Granted, I don’t have any other friends – but one considerate soul has agreed to pop round and drop off the necessary Tamiflu / groceries / vomit bag supplies should I become stricken by the dreaded porcine illness.

Naturally, I’m very grateful. But even more impressive are the Red Cross volunteers – more than a hundred already and counting – who are already acting as flu friends to help people they don’t even know.

Here’s how it works: More

Disaster Strikes: ‘Who ya gonna call?!’

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haitiA natural disaster strikes somewhere in the world, pictures of devastation and stricken people scroll across our news screens. It’s a natural instinct to want to help but you probably won’t call Ghostbusters! You probably will though call the Red Cross, and in some form and in some way we will be involved in providing assistance. Sounds simple doesn’t it? In fairness sometimes it is but more often than not it is anything but simple.

This post forms the first step on a journey as I seek to unravel some of the complexities and mysteries of disaster response for you. I’m the disaster relief manager for the British Red Cross and it is my job to coordinate our response to major international disasters, whether it’s flooding in Namibia, a hurricane in the Caribbean or people displaced in PakistanMore

Disaster Strikes: 'Who ya gonna call?!'

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haitiA natural disaster strikes somewhere in the world, pictures of devastation and stricken people scroll across our news screens. It’s a natural instinct to want to help but you probably won’t call Ghostbusters! You probably will though call the Red Cross, and in some form and in some way we will be involved in providing assistance. Sounds simple doesn’t it? In fairness sometimes it is but more often than not it is anything but simple.

This post forms the first step on a journey as I seek to unravel some of the complexities and mysteries of disaster response for you. I’m the disaster relief manager for the British Red Cross and it is my job to coordinate our response to major international disasters, whether it’s flooding in Namibia, a hurricane in the Caribbean or people displaced in PakistanMore

Guest blogging from St. Vincent Youth Camp – Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Did you know that the British Red Cross has several overseas branches in the Caribbean? As part of the work going on there, the Red Cross is hosting a youth camp for young Red Cross workers in the Caribbean to have an opportunity to interact. The whole idea is to create international friendships, learn from eachother, and work together for the greater good.

Below, are some blog posts sent to me by one of the participants– Jiva Niles of the Anguilla Red Cross. I know this post is quite long, but I hope that it is the most user-friendly way to share his story with you:

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